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  #610 New April 11th, 2021 11:40 PM
So I'm trying to wrap up this web log with a smattering of closing issues. One of which is going faster than C inspired by not just Trek but a plethora of scifi properties and a general desire to get to places distant within a life time.

I finished Carlo Rovelli's book "Reality isn't what it Seems" on quantum loop gravity. The idea here is that gravity or the gravitational force is carried by the graviton. If that's true, then, in principle, if may be possible to go faster than light by shunting this particle like we do with electrons and photons. If you pinch a piece of fabric with your thumb and forefinger, and then pull on that piece, you stretch the fabric. You'll note that the piece that you have pinched off tends to remain the same, while the rest of the fabric that you're pulling on stretches and elongates. Kind of the same thing is happening when you approach C, or the speed of light. And it's why that when you return the fabric to norm that the rest of the universe is stretched (aged) while the piece you had pinched remains relatively unchanged. Everything else has aged, but you when you return to normal speeds from heading towards the speed of light. And that's because the graviton needs to carry the force over a distorted network of nodes and links that comprise the gravitational field.

I remember playing with this idea in high school up through the early 2000s when the latest magazine articles weren't providing any insight. But thanks to Mister Rovelli's lay-person's book, I'm satisfied with the solution he presents. How the graviton is to be identified, much less manipulated or shunted, is beyond me. But, if quantum loop gravity theory is true, then it may be possible (again, in principle) to go faster than C, or at least accelerate near it to the point of mitigating time dilation. But it's only a theory.

I think I've mentioned this before, but to me Stephen Hawking's genius was not in his theorizing but in his ability to mathematically explore concepts; i.e. is there a mathematical proof to show how the arrow of time might reverse at the big crunch? Answer; no. Is there a mathematical proof with observable evidence that black holes give off "Hawking Radiation?" Answer; yes. I think his comments on topics outside his field are to be taken with a grain of salt; i.e. if aliens landed would we be treated like a second rate intelligent race? Possibly. But that's kind of common sense.

I admire the man for what he could do in terms of applying math to physics, but that's where his genius stopped. And any political or social comment he made, in my book, needs to be taken with many grains of salt.
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